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Emmerdale’s Cain Dingle, and Coronation Street’s John Stape have launched a record label together!

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It’s possibly the weirdest partnering to have ever emerged from the land of soaps, but Jeff Hordley and Graeme Hawley have launched a record label together!

Hordley, who plays Cain Dingle in Emmerdale and Hawley who played murderer John Stape in Coronation Street until 2011, have joined forces to launch the new rock ‘n’ roll label, which they have named RolePlay.
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Former Corrie star Graeme Hawley loves his Love & Marriage role saying, “It makes a nice change from killing people!”

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Fans of Coronation Street will surely remember brilliant actor Graeme Hawley best for his role on the soap as serial killer John Stape, however, Graeme is back on our screens in a very different role for new ITV comedy drama, Love and Marriage…

And while speaking to The Sun’s TV Biz, Graeme’s revealed that he’s loving the change of pace that his Love and Marriage role as Martin offers him.

He explained, “I seem to have spent a lot of time killing people and being miserable over the years, so it was great to do this show… Read more & comment »

Love and Marriage: Alison Steadman and Duncan Preston shine in this over-complicated comedy drama


Whenever a TV show or film is described as a comedy drama it often means that it is neither funny nor particularly dramatic. The latest programme to be put in this genre is ITV’s Love and Marriage, which focuses on the extended Coventry-based Paradise family and the struggles of its matriarch – Pauline. However, I didn’t find much comedy in this drama, though there were some incredibly silly scenes I didn’t find them particularly funny.

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Coronation Street Blub Poll: Did you cry when John Stape died last night? And what’ll happen to Fiz now?

Well, killer John Stape’s reign of terror is well and truly over, for as viewers saw last night, he gasped his last in hospital and went to the great soap opera in the sky – or to hell, depending on your karmic viewpoint – with wife Fiz’s tears fresh on his face…

It was all very emotional as Fiz was permitted to visit John (Graeme Hawley) on his deathbed, and he miraculously awoke from his coma when he heard baby Hope crying.

And of course, the whole episode was full of the plot holes I made mention of in this article, but I can’t feel too bad about them given how very good Jennie McAlpine’s acting was in last night’s episode.

However, my question is this – did you cry when John died?

I’m asking because I pretty much always blub when I see someone else doing it. Real life, fiction; it’s all the same to me, and my family think it’s hugely amusing… Read more & comment »

Coronation Street: Is it really likely that John Stape would kidnap Rosie, again?!

Let me begin by saying that I totally get the whole suspension of disbelief thing for the sake of exciting drama.

That said, there is, for me at any rate, a big difference in suspending my disbelief and plot holes big enough to drive a truck through…

And the latest John Stape-Rosie Webster kidnap storyline is an example of one of those plot hole riddled storylines that I find hard to swallow.

As we saw in last night’s episode, John – who’s played by Graeme Hawley – posing as a prospective buyer, made an appointment via an estate agent to meet Rosie (Helen Flanagan) at her boyfriend Jason Grimshaw’s (Ryan Thomas) flat.

John called himself “Mr Chips”, which, just to veer off a tad, reminded me of the tragic case of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh who went missing in 1986 after arranging to meet a potential buyer who called himself Mr Kipper. You can read more about Suzy – who’s never been found – here.

But to get back to my point, why, oh why, didn’t John – who wants his admission to facilitate his wife Fiz’s release from prison – just make a written confession and post it to police?

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Graeme Hawley talks about playing Coronation Street murderer John Stape

Graeme Hawley – who’s due to return to the Street in forthcoming episodes – has been telling TV Times magazine what it’s been like playing the role of murderer John Stape.

He began by saying, “I’ve been very lucky that we’ve been able to get so much mileage out of this character. You knew John was a wrong ‘un from week two, really.

“Ultimately, those kind of characters have to get their comeuppance, and I don’t mean it in a boastful way, but to keep going for four and a half years must be something of a record.”

As to what John’s ultimate fate is, Graeme was giving nothing away, saying only, “I won’t say whether he dies or not, but there’s more of a full stop.”

When asked what he personally thinks of John, Graeme said, “He’s got to be one of the nicest serial killers in the history of television… Read more & comment »

Coronation Street Spoiler: Fiz let off hook by John Stape death bed confession?

Just when things were looking inevitably bleak for fiery red head, Fiz Stape, her murder charge story line is set to make a dramatic u-turn in up and coming episodes of the ITV soap.

With one murder charge being increased to three in as many days, Fiz Stape’s (Jennie McAlpine) suspended sentence for fraudulently posing as Colin Fishwick’s wife for financial gain does not have the desired effect it would have for most, as it seems her and daughter Hope’s, future is indefinitely behind bars.

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Coronation Street: Graeme Hawley thinks fans would have hated John Stape if he had stayed any longer

Graeme Hawley has admitted that he was relieved to leave ‘Coronation Street’ because he had started to worry that it would “ruin” his career if he stayed on the show.

Graeme’s exit scenes will air on Friday night, after evil killer John’s crimes will finally catch up with him and the star confessed that he is glad to be leaving before the show’s writers take his storyline “too far”.
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